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Ezekiel 1:1-28

Ezekiel’s Inaugural Vision

1In my thirtieth year, in the fourth month on the fifth day, while I was among the exiles by the Kebar River, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God.

2On the fifth of the month—it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin— 3the word of the Lord came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, by the Kebar River in the land of the Babylonians.1:3 Or Chaldeans There the hand of the Lord was on him.

4I looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the north—an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The center of the fire looked like glowing metal, 5and in the fire was what looked like four living creatures. In appearance their form was human, 6but each of them had four faces and four wings. 7Their legs were straight; their feet were like those of a calf and gleamed like burnished bronze. 8Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. All four of them had faces and wings, 9and the wings of one touched the wings of another. Each one went straight ahead; they did not turn as they moved.

10Their faces looked like this: Each of the four had the face of a human being, and on the right side each had the face of a lion, and on the left the face of an ox; each also had the face of an eagle. 11Such were their faces. They each had two wings spreading out upward, each wing touching that of the creature on either side; and each had two other wings covering its body. 12Each one went straight ahead. Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, without turning as they went. 13The appearance of the living creatures was like burning coals of fire or like torches. Fire moved back and forth among the creatures; it was bright, and lightning flashed out of it. 14The creatures sped back and forth like flashes of lightning.

15As I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the ground beside each creature with its four faces. 16This was the appearance and structure of the wheels: They sparkled like topaz, and all four looked alike. Each appeared to be made like a wheel intersecting a wheel. 17As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the creatures faced; the wheels did not change direction as the creatures went. 18Their rims were high and awesome, and all four rims were full of eyes all around.

19When the living creatures moved, the wheels beside them moved; and when the living creatures rose from the ground, the wheels also rose. 20Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, and the wheels would rise along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. 21When the creatures moved, they also moved; when the creatures stood still, they also stood still; and when the creatures rose from the ground, the wheels rose along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.

22Spread out above the heads of the living creatures was what looked something like a vault, sparkling like crystal, and awesome. 23Under the vault their wings were stretched out one toward the other, and each had two wings covering its body. 24When the creatures moved, I heard the sound of their wings, like the roar of rushing waters, like the voice of the Almighty,1:24 Hebrew Shaddai like the tumult of an army. When they stood still, they lowered their wings.

25Then there came a voice from above the vault over their heads as they stood with lowered wings. 26Above the vault over their heads was what looked like a throne of lapis lazuli, and high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man. 27I saw that from what appeared to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that from there down he looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded him. 28Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him.

This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking.

Asante Twi Contemporary Bible

Hesekiel 1:1-28

Ateasefoɔ No Ne Awurade Animuonyam

1Afe a ɛtɔ so aduasa no, bosome a ɛtɔ so ɛnan no ɛda a ɛtɔ so enum, ɛberɛ a na me ka atukɔfoɔ ho wɔ Asubɔnten Kebar ho no, ɔsoro bueɛ na mehunuu Onyankopɔn wɔ anisoadehunu mu.

2Ɔbosome no ɛda a ɛtɔ so enum no, na ɔhene Yehoiakin adi atukorɔ mu mfeɛ enum. 3Awurade asɛm baa Busi babarima Hesekiel a ɔyɛ ɔsɔfoɔ nkyɛn wɔ Asubɔnten Kebar ho wɔ Babilonia asase so. Ɛhɔ na Onyankopɔn nsa baa ne so.

4Mehwɛeɛ na mehunuu sɛ ahum kɛseɛ bi firi atifi fam reba, omununkum kɛseɛ bi a ɛrete ayerɛmo na hann bi a ano yɛ den atwa ho ahyia. Ogya no mfimfini te sɛ dadeɛ a asɔ kɔɔ. 5Na ogya no mu na na wɔhunu biribi te sɛ ateasefoɔ ɛnan. Na wɔn su te sɛ onipa, 6wɔn mu biara anim yɛ ɛnan na wɔwowɔ ntaban ɛnan ɛnan. 7Wɔn nan yɛ kyirebenn, wɔn anammɔn te sɛ nantwie ba deɛ, na ɛhyerɛn te sɛ kɔbere mfrafraeɛ a wɔahoa ho. 8Wɔwowɔ nnipa nsa wɔ ntaban a ɛwowɔ afa afa ɛnan no ase. Wɔn mu biara wɔ nnipa nsa ɛnan a baako wɔ ntaban biara ase, 9na wɔn ntaban keka sisi anim. Wɔn nyinaa kɔ wɔn anim tee a wɔnnanedane wɔn ho.

10Na sei na wɔn anim teteɛ: Wɔn mu biara wɔ onipa anim, wɔwɔ gyata anim wɔ nifa so, wɔwɔ nantwie anim wɔ benkum so; na wɔn mu biara nso wɔ ɔkɔdeɛ anim. 11Saa na na wɔn anim teteɛ. Wɔatrɛtrɛ wɔn ntaban mu kɔ ɔsoro; na wɔn mu biara wɔ ntaban mmienu mmienu, a emu biara si ɔfoforɔ deɛ anim wɔ benkum ne nifa, na ntaban mmienu nso katakata wɔn ho. 12Obiara kɔ nʼanim tee. Baabiara a honhom no bɛkɔ no, ɛhɔ na wɔbɛkɔ a wɔnnane wɔn ho. 13Ateasefoɔ no suban te sɛ ogyasramma a ɛrederɛ anaa ogyatɛn. Ogya di akɔneaba wɔ ateasefoɔ no mu; ɛhyerɛn na emu na anyinam firi dwidwa. 14Na ateasefoɔ no di akɔneaba mmirika so te sɛ anyinam a ɛredwidwa.

15Ɛberɛ a merehwɛ ateasefoɔ no, mehunuu sɛ ntwahonan si fam wɔ ateasefoɔ a wɔn mu biara anim yɛ ɛnan no nkyɛn mu. 16Sei na na ntwahonan no bɔberɛ teɛ: ɛtwa yerɛ yerɛ te sɛ sikabereɛboɔ, na ɛnan no nyinaa sesɛ. Wɔayɛ emu biara te sɛ ntwahonan a ɛbea ntwahonan foforɔ mu. 17Sɛ ntwahonan no nam a, wɔkɔ faako a ateasefoɔ no ani kyerɛ; ntwahonan no, ɛnnanedane ɛberɛ a ateasefoɔ no nam. 18Wɔn nhankra no korɔn, na ɛyɛ nwanwa, na aniwa tuatua nhankra ɛnan no nyinaa ho.

19Sɛ ateasefoɔ no nante a, ntwahonan a ɛbatabata wɔn ho no nso kɔ saa ara; sɛ ateasefoɔ no ma wɔn ho so firi fam a, ntwahonan no nso ma wɔn ho so. 20Baabiara a honhom no bɛkɔ no, ateasefoɔ no nso bɛkɔ, na ntwahonan no bɛka wɔn ho ama wɔn ho so, ɛfiri sɛ ateasefoɔ no honhom wɔ ntwahonan no mu. 21Sɛ ateasefoɔ no tu tene a, ntwahonan no nso kɔ saa ara; sɛ ateasefoɔ no gyina a, wɔn nso gyina; sɛ ateasefoɔ no pagya wɔn ho a, ntwahonan no ne wɔn pagya wɔn ho, ɛfiri sɛ ateasefoɔ no honhom wɔ ntwahonan no mu.

22Na ntrɛmu bi wɔ ateasefoɔ no atifi a ɛpa yerɛyerɛ te sɛ nsukyeneeɛ, na ɛyɛ nwanwa. 23Na wɔatrɛtrɛ wɔn ntaban no mu asisi anim wɔ ntrɛmu no ase, na ateasefoɔ no mu biara wɔ ntaban mmienu a ɛkata ne ho. 24Ateasefoɔ no tu teneeɛ no, metee wɔn ntaban no nnyegyeɛ, a ɛte sɛ nsuo a ɛreworo so, te sɛ Otumfoɔ no nne, anaa akodɔm hooyɛ. Sɛ wɔgyina a, wɔgyaagyaa wɔn ntaban mu.

25Na ɛnne bi firi ntrɛmu a ɛkata wɔn so no atifi baeɛ, ɛberɛ a wɔagyaagyaa wɔn ntaban mu na wɔgyinagyina hɔ no. 26Na biribi a ɛte sɛ aboɔdemmoɔ ahennwa wɔ ntrɛmu a ɛkata ateasefoɔ no atifi so, na biribi a ɛte sɛ onipa te ahennwa so wɔ soro hɔ. 27Mehunuu sɛ, ɛfiri deɛ ayɛ sɛ nʼasene mu rekɔ ne soro no, na ɔte sɛ dadeɛ a adɔ kɔɔ sɛ ogya a ano asɔ, na ɛfiri hɔ reba ne fam no, na ɔte sɛ egyadɛreɛ; na hann a ɛhyerɛn atwa ne ho ahyia. 28Sɛdeɛ nyankontɔn to wɔ omununkum mu osutɔ ɛda no, saa ara na hann a atwa ne ho ahyia no teɛ.

Yei yɛ Awurade animuonyam ahoyie no sɛso. Na mehunuuɛ no, me de mʼanim butuu fam, na metee obi a ɔrekasa nne.